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Cool Kid gives community service new meaning

September 9, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Rachel Lester is a young lady looking to serve in her community. At 15 years old, she is the youngest member of the South Robertson Neighborhood Council.Her decision to run came from the way she was raised.

"Encouraged with the idea that I can do anything I wanted and always help people however I can. So the neighborhood council, that's exactly what it's for," said Lester.

Just the act of running for the position produced a positive response from several adults in her area.

"It's just the most amazing feeling ever. I've had some teachers who have told me, 'I've never voted in an election, but I drove a half an hour to vote for you,'" said Lester.

Lester, a junior at Shalhevet High School, hopes she has an effect on people in her age group.

"When there's a big volunteer opportunity, [I work] to get people from my school and my friends that don't go to my school to be more involved," said Lester.

Just like any good leader, Lester has a vision of the future of her neighborhood.

"Flowers everywhere, stores that are thriving in business everywhere, so just it's a genuinely beautiful place and eco-friendly place to be," said Lester.

Building a bridge between generations to make a brighter future for everyone around her, Rachel Lester is our Cool Kid.